Piece Goods, Notions & Other Apparel Wholesaling in the US: Market Research Report

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Piece Goods, Notions & Other Apparel Wholesaling Market Research Report | NAICS 42431 | Mar 2015

Falling to pieces: Import competition and wholesale bypass leave revenue in tatters

IBISWorld’s Piece Goods, Notions & Other Apparel Wholesaling market research report is a comprehensive guide to market size and growth prospects. Our industry reports offer strategic industry analysis of the factors influencing companies, including new product developments, economic, lifestyle and demographic influences, distribution and supply chain factors and pricing issues. Full analysis accompanies our data forecasts to illustrate how the market responds to emerging industry trends.

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Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 10-15
Annual Growth 15-20
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Rising import penetration has displaced the downstream demand for buttons, zippers and yard fabric from domestic distributors to international manufacturers. Additionally, wholesale bypass, which is the trend of downstream buyers sourcing directly from manufacturers to cut expenses, has constrained wholesalers' function in the domestic supply chain and eliminated many operators. Although the recovering economy will help the industry somewhat, these adverse trends are anticipated to continue in the coming years... purchase to read more

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The industry is in a decline phase of its life cycle. Industry value added, which measures its contribution to the economy, is forecast to fall at an average annual rate of 2.0% over the 10 years to 2020. This is a stark contrast from the annual growth rate of GDP during this time, which IBISWorld expects to average 2.5% per year. During this period, wages and revenue have declined rapidly, hurting the industry's overall contribution to the economy.

Total wages are expected to drop at an annualized rate of 2.2% over the ten years to 2020, due to a declining number of firms and automation of many wholesale jobs. Depreciation in this industry is expected to rise to 0.2% of industry revenue in 2020 as more companies invest in technology to save money on wage costs... purchase to read more


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What is the Piece Goods, Notions & Other Apparel Wholesaling Industry?

Firms in this industry wholesale various piece goods, fabrics, yarns, thread and other notions and hair accessories. Products sold in this industry include apparel trimmings, belts and buckles, textile fabrics, textile labels, millinery supplies, sewing needles, remnants, ribbons, sewing accessories and zippers. Establishments that buy fabric goods in the gray (i.e. unbleached and untreated), have them finished on a contract basis and sell at wholesale are classified in other industries.

Industry Products
Cotton fabric including blendsSynthetic fabrics excluding synthetic knitsOther knit fabricsWoolen and worsted piece goodsOther piece goodsNotions, including buttons, ribbons, lace and sewing accessories
Industry Activities
Apparel wholesalingBelt and buckle assembly kit wholesalingBinding and embroidery wholesalingFabrics and textile wholesalingHair accessories, millinery supplies and sewing needle wholesalingRemnants and ribbon wholesalingHair accessories wholesaling

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